Kenward Elmslie and Steven Taylor lecture about writing lyrics and melodies to songs, focusing on their Palais bimbo lounge show album. Elmslie begins with a writing assignment for the class which is a poem in itself. He goes on to talk about how he started writing melodies when he worked as a lyricist. Elmslie reads "At the controls," from his book Tropicalism and talks about how it became a song called "Eggs." Taylor plays the orchestration and sings the song. They also perform and discuss other songs and poems including "Meat," "Sneaky Pete," "And I was there," "26 bars," and "Quarks report." Elmslie also plays a recording of a scene from the opera "The seagull" by Thomas Pasatieri. The last portion of the tape is a question and answer period.